Rights of way a consideration for transportation projects in Northwest Arkansas

Rights of way a consideration for transportation projects in Northwest Arkansas

Stacy Ryburn | Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Utility lines often get in the way of road projects, forcing the owners of those lines to move them.

The relocation of utilities, such as water and sewer pipes and fiber optic cables, can become a separate project costing millions of dollars. Careful planning and coordination keeps the process standard, officials say.

An estimated $3.6 million water and sewer pipe relocation coincides with an interchange project at Interstate 49 and Wedington Drive. The Fayetteville project serves as the latest relocation effort associated with a major transportation project in Northwest Arkansas.

The $3.6 million figure is an early estimate, with about 10 percent of the cost reimbursable, said Tim Nyander, utilities director for the city.

Lines sitting in the state’s right of way have to be moved at the owner’s expense, in this case the city. If the Arkansas Department of Transportation wants to expand its right of way, say to widen a highway, then it will reimburse the city for the costs incurred…(Read the full story)

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